Someone, who shall remain nameless, tasted this dish and said it reminded them of "peasant" food. Then, she/he proceed to have another large helping. My response was that Beef Bourguignon is also country food, like so many other foods that have found their way into fancy restaurants. In a way, it's true, eating this meal feels like an experience from All Creatures Great and Small. You can envision the rolling hills, and the solitude of eating a warm meal by the fire while the 10-degree-wind is ripping across Darrowby, and wolves are waiting to pounce on sheep. It's a good time to be thankful for anything that comes in peace, especially a warm meal, "peasant" food or not.
What are its flavors?
Sweet Potato & Maple Sausage
Nutty and Crisp
1/2 cup oat flour
1/2 cup brown rice flour
1/4 cup oats
1 tsp thyme
1/4 chili powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup coconut oil, room temperature
1 tbsp cold water, or more until it holds together when pressed between your fingers
1/2 cup slivered almonds
6 oz chicken maple sausage, cooked and chopped into 1/2 inch pieces OR 8 oz preferred mushrooms, sliced and sauteed
1/2 onion, diced
1 tbsp coconut oil (or grape seed oil)
1 or 2 sweet potatoes, sliced into 1/2 inch pieces
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 tsp fresh oregano, 1/2 tsp chili pepper flakes (optional), Salt to taste
1/4 cup white wine, optional
1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp broth
Optional addition: 1 bell pepper, diced and sauteed (recommended for vegan option)
1. To make the crumble, whisk together the first six ingredients. Then add the coconut oil and then the water and stir just until combined. Stir in the almonds and place in the fridge. Preheat oven to 350F.
2. Sauté the onion with a dash of salt over medium heat with oil for about 5 minutes. Then add garlic, sweet potato, pepper flakes, and oregano and sauté for about 3 minutes.
3. Add the wine and broth and simmer for 3 minutes. Add the sausage and then pour the ingredients into an 8 x 8 baking dish. Then sprinkle with the cold topping and bake for about 35 minutes or just until topping is just starting to turn golden and ingredients are cooked.